Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 15/11/20

Another week, another ‘not a lot happened’. Had a day off, so only worked four days – that was nice. Weather a little less so and I was absolutely shattered so Mandie and I managed our respective grocery shops and then retreated back home to read, which is pretty much all I’ve done all weekend, to be fair. There are worse things I could do than stay in with a book or two …

Colleagues of the day

had some cracking #bookpost courtesy of Orenda Books this week – Smoke Screen by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst and Bound by Vanda Symon and have devoured them already. too good to resist. Some Netgalley downloads in the form of The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood and The Cut by Chris Brookmyre. And I ordered a few new books too – Darkness Falls by Robert Bryndza, the next Kate Marshall sr=tory out next December, the currently untitled Colter Shaw 3 by Jeffery Deaver and A Wash of Black by Chris McDonald.

And I think that was it. If there was more, I genuinely have no recollection of it lol. I think i looked at books. i think I was tempted to buy books. I don’t think I did though, other than for giveaways. That doesn’t count.

Books I have read

Those You Trust by Bernie Steadman

How do you forgive the people who lied to you?

Anna, the only daughter of Greek immigrants, knows nothing about her father’s family until she inherits her grandmother’s house in Crete, and uncovers a bitter dispute that has lasted for years.

After escaping a lonely marriage, she decides to visit the island and to try and bring her family back together. But is her aim achievable and will she ever be able to forgive the people who lied to her?

While on the island she meets Leo and begins to unravel her family history. But when she learns a devastating secret her world comes crumbling down.

She has survived tragedy before, but will she cope with what she discovers this time, and will Anna ever learn to trust again?

Those You Trust explores the emotional themes of trust, family, honour and betrayal and is perfect for fans of Barbara Davis and Amanda Prowse.

The Spiral by Iain Ryan


The utterly original and brilliantly compelling new thriller by twice Ned Kelly Award shortlisted author Iain Ryan.

Erma Bridges’ life is far from perfect, but entirely ordinary. So when she is shot twice in a targetted attack by a colleague, her quiet existence is shattered in an instant.

With her would-be murderer dead, no one can give Erma the answers she needs to move on from her trauma. Why her? Why now?

So begins Erma’s quest for the truth – and a dangerous, spiralling journey into the heart of darkness.

With all the inventiveness of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and the raw brutality of Mulholland Drive, THE SPIRAL is a unique crime thriller with killer twists – and 2020’s most jaw-dropping ending.

Smoke Screen by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst

When the mother of a missing two-year-old girl is seriously injured in a suspected terrorist attack in Oslo, crime-fighting duo Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the case, and things aren’t adding up … The second instalment in the addictive, atmospheric, award-winning Blix & Ramm series.

Oslo, New Year’s Eve. The annual firework celebration is rocked by an explosion, and the city is put on terrorist alert.

Police officer Alexander Blix and blogger Emma Ramm are on the scene, and when a severely injured survivor is pulled from the icy harbour, she is identified as the mother of two-year-old Patricia Smeplass, who was kidnapped on her way home from kindergarten ten years earlier … and never found.

Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the unsolved case, as public interest heightens, the terror threat is raised, and it becomes clear that Patricia’s disappearance is not all that it seems…

Bound by Vanda Symon

When the official investigation into the murder of a respectable local businessman fails to add up, and personal problems start to play havoc with her state of mind, New Zealand’s favourite young detective Sam Shephard turns vigilante… 

The New Zealand city of Dunedin is rocked when a wealthy and apparently respectable businessman is murdered in his luxurious home while his wife is bound and gagged, and forced to watch. But when Detective Sam Shephard and her team start investigating the case, they discover that the victim had links with some dubious characters.

The case seems cut and dried, but Sam has other ideas. Weighed down by her dad’s terminal cancer diagnosis, and by complications in her relationship with Paul, she needs a distraction, and launches her own investigation. And when another murder throws the official case into chaos, it’s up to Sam to prove that the killer is someone no one could ever suspect… 

Four books. not a bad week. Yes, having the day off helped, but it really is amazing what a difference it makes when you get into your rhythm and you are reading books you absolutely love. That’s not to say I haven’t loved the books that came before, because I have, many of them. But it makes a difference. Any bookworm will tell you that. Busy enough week on the blog – recap below:

#Review – The Ice Killer – Ross Greenwood
#Review – Violet – SJI Holliday
#Review – Cut Short – MW Craven
#Review – The Coral Bride – Roxanne Bouchard
#Review – One By One – Ruth Ware
#Review – Deadly Cry – Angela Marsons
#Review – The Game – Luca Veste

This week sees us celebrate all things Michael J Malone and Orenda books as Mandie plays catch up. Plus I’ll be resharing my thoughts on Torment by Mark Tilbury as part of the launch of the revamped covers.

Sadly, I also have a full week of work ahead – boo hiss – with no planned leave now until late December, so chances of any inspiring tales or pictures in next weeks post are also slim to none. At least we still have books …

Have a brilliant and safe week all.

Jen xx

2 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 15/11/20

    1. Thank you. Survived the first day back. Weekend in four days lol.

      I have been very very lucky with the books I have been gifted or bought this year. Makes reading an absolute pleasure, even if my focus isn’t always what I’d like it to be this year.

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